Sinai Health System President and CEO Alan H. Channing announces retirement

Alan H. Channing, President and CEO of Sinai Health System, has announced his retirement effective July 1, to the health system Board of Directors. Channing began his tenure at Sinai in 2004, providing 10 years of leadership and change management that ranged from financial and operations turnaround to the addition of Holy Cross Hospital to the system in January 2013.

“During his tenure as CEO, Alan helped transform the organization into one that enabled the mission of Sinai to come alive by providing quality healthcare to some of the neediest individuals in our city,” said Gary Niederpruem, Chairperson of the Sinai Health System Board of Directors. “Under Alan’s leadership Sinai won numerous awards for quality and safety plus achieved top scores by accrediting agencies. Alan also represented Sinai with many community based agencies as he entrenched himself in the community, all for the betterment of our patients and caregivers.”

Niederpruem added, “The Board is currently engaged in a thorough succession planning process to name Channing’s replacement and allow for a smooth transition from one CEO to another.” An announcement about that decision is expected during May 2014.

Said Channing, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve patients and the community. Sinai has a strong leadership team and dedicated caregivers who will carry on our mission and vision. I am proud of what we have accomplished together in my time here and I know that Sinai is well positioned to be successful in the future.”

Channing indicated he will “play with the grandkids, annoy my spouse, re-discover my hobbies and be supportive of Sinai while exploring other options.”

Under Channing’s guidance, Sinai Health System has increased in size and experienced some of the most profitable years in its history. Sinai has been recognized as one of the nation's most creative community-oriented hospitals, receiving the NOVA award by the American Hospital Association and several clinical quality awards by the Illinois Hospital Association.

Channing will complete his term as a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Hospital Association, having served previously as chairman. Mr. Channing was named to the 2011 Becker's Hospital Review "Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" list.  In 2013 he was a recipient of the inaugural Becker's Healthcare 2013 Leadership Awards. He will continue to hold an assistant professorship at Ohio State University and is a past board member of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, and a former member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Region 5 for which he continues to serve as an Alternate Delegate for 2013-2016.

Accomplishments Channing is most proud of in his career are: a 40-year career in private, not-for-profit safety net hospitals where he created an environment that had quality of care at its core; helping to give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves; influencing the national healthcare dialog to focus on community health; coining the term “pre-primary care” to describe Sinai’s unique role in the healthcare delivery system; and being part of what a Crain’s Chicago Business’ editor referred to as “Sinai’s secret sauce.”


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